Mass debate: Did Deco deserve a red card for his first tackle in the Premier League?

Ollie Irish

19th, August 2008

Chelsea’s Brazilian star goes over the top

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Seventy seconds into this clip, Deco makes his first ever tackle in the Premier League. It was the sort of reckless “over-the-top” challenge that earned several players a straight red card last season – but the Brazilian didn’t even see yellow!
I don’t think it was a malicious tackle, but it was very badly timed and could have done serious damage to Lassana Diarra’s leg.
Put yourself in the ref’s shoes: what action would you have taken against Deco?
Red, yellow, or nothing?

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